Overcast skies and a nip in the air didn’t stop runners from lining up at the starting point in front of Jack Conway, Realtor’s Lakeville office on Saturday, Oct. 1 to kick off the First Annual Conway Country Road Race to benefit the homeless. All proceeds from the 5-mile run were donated to the Conway House in Middleboro, a Father Bill’s and MainSpring shelter providing lodging, job counseling, and educational services for 13 homeless families.
“It was a great day for everyone involved,” said Conway Regional VP Denis Lilla, who organized the run along with his Lakeville Office race committee of Bob Joyal, Jack Walters, and Hugh Harp. “We gave out bronze, silver and gold medals in each age category as well as awards to the male and female overall champions.”
The big winner in the Conway Country road race was Caitlin Kelley of Jamaica Plain, who finished first among all runners, completing the 5-mile route in 34 minutes, 54 seconds. Kelley is a caseworker at Father Bill’s & MainSpring and the cause could not have been closer to her heart. Coming in at her heels was Marc LaPlante of Acushnet, the male overall winner, and other medals went to Lisa Swenson of Lakeville, Phil Cordeiro of Rochester, Sharon Bradley of Lakeville, and Maurice Bourque, 69, of Acushnet who took first place in the senior division.
“We intend to make this an annual event in Conway Country,” said Company Chairman Jack Conway, who was a spectator at the race. “It’s so exciting to see the joy in people’s faces when they come together to work for a cause like this. Many thanks to our Conway race committee, Denis, Jack, Bob and Hugh, for making it all possible. I also want to give an honorable mention to our South Boston Manager Frannie Curran who came all the way down here to run the race and finished at a respectable time. Thanks, Frannie, and we know you’ll go for the gold next year.”